Probation & Suspension Policies

# Probation & Suspension Policies

## Financial Aid/Scholarships

In general, a student receiving financial aid must complete a certain percentage of classes in order to keep their financial aid. Also, a student must maintain a certain GPA. Guidelines vary according to overall hours completed. Scholarships typically require a student to maintain and meet certain criteria.

Speak with the Financial Aid Office located in Old Main to receive specific information concerning your situation.

## My GPA

Marshall uses a 4.0 scale to express GPAs. A GPA is a numeric value calculated by dividing total quality points by total credit hours for courses in which the student earned a letter grade. Each letter grade has a specific value assigned to it.

## Grade Quality Points per Semester Hour

Letter Value Meaning Numeric Value
A
superior
4
B
above average
3
C
average
2
D
below average
1
F
failure
0
I*
incomplete
0
CR**
credit
0
NC**
no credit
0
W**
withdrawal
0
AU**
audit
0

*A grade of “I” becomes “F” if the course is not completed within one (1) year after initially taking the course.

For example, a student takes four 3 credit hour classes and receives 2 B’s, 1 C and 1 F. The student’s GPA is as follows:

X
Credit Hours
=
Quality Points
B
3
x
3.0
=
9.0
B
3
x
3.0
=
9.0
C
2
x
3.0
=
6.0
F
0
x
3.0
=
0.0
12 total credit hours
24 total quality points

24.0 total quality points / (divided by) 12.0 total credit hours = (equal) 2.0 GPA.

## Deficit Points

If a student’s GPA is below a 2.0 the student will have a deficiency of quality points (deficit). Based on number of credit hours attempted, deficit points are calculated to let a student know how far they are below a 2.0 GPA. With grades of “A” and “B” a student gains points. Grades of “D” or “F” a student loses points. With a “C” grade a student neither gains nor loses points.

A student can improve their academic standing a number of ways. One of the quickest ways to improve a GPA is through D & F repeats. Another is earning “A”s and “B”s. How many deficit points and the student’s GPA determine how long it would take a student to improve their academic standing.

## Self-Assessment

Do some serious self-assessment to understand why you are in academic difficulty. Some questions you might consider are the following:

• Did you go to all your classes?
• Did you do your homework and turn your assignments in on time?
• Do you have poor learning skills and study habits?
• Did you have a clear academic direction/goal?
• Did you focus on your classes or social activities?
• Did you take too heavy a course load considering your work and/or family obligations?
• Do you procrastinate or manage your time poorly?
• Did you take higher-level classes you weren’t prepared for?
• Was there something truly unique or unusual happening in your life?
• Did you get help if you didn’t understand the material being covered?